Kettering College of Medical Arts to Conduct Commencement

Class of 2007 boasts 237 graduates, the largest class in the history of the school

Kettering, OH - 4/23/2007

Kettering, Ohio (April 20) – On Saturday, April 28, Kettering College of Medical Arts will confer degrees and certificates on 237 students at the school’s 39th annual commencement ceremonies.  The event will be held at the James S. Trent Arena in Kettering, starting at 8 p.m., and is open to the public.  Dr. Raj Attiken, president of the Ohio Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, will be the keynote speaker.  The total of 237 graduates eclipses the previous best of 215 from 2006.

The college president will grant 175 Associate of Science (A.S.) degrees in the following areas:  nursing (111), radiologic technology (28), medical sonography (22), respiratory care (17) and nuclear medicine (9).  Fourty-four Bachelor of Science in Health Professions degrees will be awarded in the following specialties:  health professions (17), physician assistant (12), health care professional studies (7), advanced imaging (6) and medical sonography (2).  Twelve Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees will be awarded as well.

The following Certificates of Completion will be granted:  magnetic resonance imaging (5), computerized tomography (2), general angiography (1), cardiac angiography (1) and physician assistant (1).

Seventeen of the graduating students will receive special recognition as members of the Vaughan-Beaven Service Learning Honors Program.  These honors graduates are Franklin Baker (physician assistant), Andrea Carr (nursing), Darrell David (health care professional studies), Traci Eagan (nursing), Erin Eller (nursing), Sherry Erwine (nursing), Teresa Howland (nursing), Deborah Kaehler (nursing), Pamela Keller (physician assistant), Brandie Moore (physician assistant), Kelly Olson (nursing), Barbara Purvis (nursing), Suzanne Pyatt (nursing), Bryan Stephens (physician assistant), Christine VanDenburgh (nursing), LaToyia Williams (health care professional studies), and Lynn Wright (nursing)

Guest speaker Dr. Raj Attiken is the leader of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Ohio and serves on the board of Kettering College of Medical Arts.  He also is a member of the Kettering Medical Center Network board.  Since 1998, he has been president of the Ohio Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, a network of about 100 congregations, 20 schools and over 11,000 members.  In 2004, Dr. Attiken led in the launching of “Partners in Innovation,” a convergence of individuals and organizations committed to facilitating innovation and entrepreneurship within the Adventist church.

About Kettering College of Medical Arts
Kettering College of Medical Arts is a fully accredited, coeducational college that specializes in health science education.  A division of Kettering Medical Center, the College is located on the KMC campus in a suburb of Dayton, Ohio, and is chartered by the Seventh-day Adventist Church.  Kettering College offers certificate programs, Associate and Bachelor of Science degrees, and a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree.

An institution of Christian higher education, Kettering College graduates health care professionals of high character who, in the tradition of the Master Healer, give whole-person care to their patients and generous service to their communities.  Eighty percent of Kettering College graduates live and work in Ohio, with the majority settling in the Dayton area.

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